There has been a lot of talk about the “ugliness” of the new F1 cars, especially with the “proboscis” noses which the teams have arrived at due to the regulations.
And today Williams revealed its new challenger in all its glory, with the new nose in full display.
It is a very different look from the past and it’s hard to find positives about it. It will be interesting to measure fan reaction to this latest unfortunate move by the sport, but like all changes the initial reaction will probably be the strongest.
As for the car itself and the challenges of 2014, Williams Technical director Pat Symonds said,”F1 is still going to be an aerodynamic formula in 2014. There are some significant changes: the nose is lower than last year and the front wing is narrower, which means the end plates are now more shrouded by the front tyre. The rear wing isn’t as deep as last year and the beam wing below it is no longer permitted, and we’ve also lost the ability to use the exhaust to enhance aero performance.”
* F1 teams and power brokers have left in place the controversial rule awarding double points in the final race. The rule appears in the 2014 F1 Sporting Regulations and after a meeting yesterday in Geneva of the teams, FIA president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone, whose idea it was, there was no move to abandon it, as had been mooted.
Reaction from fans and from many F1 insiders and other GP promoters has been very negative, but despite this, the sport is ploughing on with the idea.